Orange Walk is one of the more spread out and thinly populated districts in Belize – most travelers are passing through on the Philip Goldson Hwy or heading to the main town of Orange Walk. Outside of this population center, most of the communities and attractions west of the highway are connected by a network of (mostly) unpaved roads linking farming communities.
Further west and to the south, these grid roads disappear entirely, and you're in what Belizeans refer to as 'deep bush,' the backwoods jungle country that makes up most of Orange Walk District. It's here you'll find the vast Río Bravo Conservation & Management Area and, further out still, the village of Gallon Jug and the ultra-exclusive Chan Chich Lodge. More accessible – particularly via the New River – is the unmissable Maya site of Lamanai.